151 Songs About Sorrow, Grief, and Lost Loved Ones

Updated on December 6, 2018
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If you're mourning the loss of a friend or loved one, make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about grief.  Take comfort in knowing you are not alone.
If you're mourning the loss of a friend or loved one, make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about grief. Take comfort in knowing you are not alone. | Source

Mourning Someone Special: Healing and Peace Through Music

Grief is like an unwelcome stranger who invites himself into your life and often stays too long. He sets his own pace, cannot be hurried along. You must suffer his poor company until Acceptance arrives to replace him.

If you're reading this because you've lost someone special to you, I am sorry for your loss. Know that you are not alone. During the times when I have lost people close to me, I have often found solace in music. Songs connect us to others who have experienced the same feelings. They spark memories of lost loved ones and creatively distract from the pain of the moment while expressing hope in tomorrow.

Make yourself a playlist to soothe your sorrow. These pop, rock, and country songs express the mix of emotions involved in mourning the loss of a dear friend or relative. I hope they help bring you healing and peace.

1. "See You Again" by Carrie Underwood

Although sad that her loved one has passed away, the narrator in this power ballad from 2013 finds strength in knowing that they will someday reunite in the everafter. Until then, she carries their memory with her, finding hope and comfort in an eventual reunion.

2. "Supermarket Flowers" by Ed Sheeran

Although this touching 2017 pop song describes the aftermath of a mother's death from the perspective of her adult son, Ed Sheeran actually based it upon the death of his grandmother.

The narrator gathers her get well cards, stuffed animals, supermarket flowers, and other items that well wishers had showered upon the woman in her waning days. He folds her nightgowns, tidies up the space she used to inhabit, and talks lovingly to her spirit:

So, I'll sing Hallelujah,
You were an angel in the shape of my mum
When I fell down you'd be there holding me up
Spread your wings as you go, when God takes you back
He'll say, "Hallelujah, you're home."

3. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day

The death of a friend or loved one can sit with you like a dark cloud for months or much longer. As you wait for the sadness to lift, you may feel the need to simply retreat from the world through sleep.

The frontman of Green Day wrote this 2005 rock song about the death of his father from cancer when the singer was a child. The song has also become symbolic of the loss that people experienced with the September 11 attack and with Hurricane Katrina.

In the Comments Section Below, Share What You Remember Most About Your Lost Loved One

4.. "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.

Having experienced loss, you may sometimes feel like giving up. This 1992 rock song empathizes with your pain and grief, encouraging you to hang on. It emphasizes that tragedy is a common part of the human experience, and you are not alone in your suffering.

5. "Who You'd Be Today" by Kenny Chesney

There are few things more tragic as a person who has died before their time. Dying young seems to violate the natural order of the universe.

The narrator in this 2005 country tune laments a loved one's death. Concentrating on their unrealized potential and all of the good things they never got to experience, he wonders what their life would look like if it hadn't been cut short:

It ain't fair; you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.
God knows how I miss you,

6. "Hurt" by Christina Aguilera

Written in honor of the songwriter's late father, this 2006 pop song expresses the protagonist's regret that she wasn't forgiving of mistakes when he was alive. Rather than try to bridge the divide between them, she used blame and rejection.

Although she seeks reconciliation, now it's too late to make it right. She realizes that her choices have only hurt herself.

7. "Holes in the Floor of Heaven" by Steve Wariner

The man in this 1998 country song recounts the story of losing his grandmother when he was a child and his young wife as an adult. The thread that connects both sad events is the belief that his loved ones are in heaven watching over him, wishing that they could be together.

8. "When I'm Gone" by Joey + Rory

There is such heartbreaking irony in this 2012 country song which takes the perspective of a dying woman addressing her lover. She tenderly reassures him that although they will miss one another after she passes away, he will find the strength to endure without her and be okay.

In a tragic twist of fate, Joey Feek (the female half of this husband/wife country music duo) was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in 2014, just four months after giving birth to the couple's daughter. She died in 2016 at age 40, and her husband has since retired from singing and writing music.

9. "Dancing in the Sky" by Dani and Lizzy

Do yourself a favor by listening to this beautiful pop song. In 2016, these twin sisters from Canada became a viral sensation after posting this song on Facebook and YouTube. One of girls (Lizzy) wrote it to honor a deceased friend.

Filled with bittersweet longing as well as hope, the song features a grieving narrator who asks her loved one what heaven is like and whether the fear and pain has subsided.

"It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward." - Patti Davis, daughter of Pres. Ronald Reagan
"It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward." - Patti Davis, daughter of Pres. Ronald Reagan | Source

10. "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" by Alan Jackson

Where were on that fateful day, September 11, 2001? How did you react? I was with my toddler as she watched Barney cartoons, both of us unaware of the events unfolding until my husband called. For months, my little girl uttered "castles fell," referring to the skyscrapers. And even she wanted to know why.

This Grammy Award-winning country song from 2002 explores a variety of responses that people had as well as where they were when they found out that the world had been changed forever.

11. "There You'll Be" by Faith Hill

Thinking back on her relationship with a loved one who is now gone, the woman in this 2001 country song considers herself blessed. She reflects on what he taught her and how she will always carry him with her in her heart.

12. "A Long December" by Counting Crows

The anniversary of a death or other tragic event in one's life can spark sad memories, and that's what this 1996 rock song is about. The friend of one of the songwriters was run over by a car one December, and he spent several stressful weeks visiting her in the hospital as she recuperated. It felt like a blur, and when the next December rolled around, the feelings of sadness and loss came rolling back to him. He hopes that this year will be better than the last.

24 Ways to Honor the Memory of a Loved One

 
 
 
make a playlist of their favorite music or music that reminds you of them
organize a fundraising drive for their favorite cause
make sure their pet(s) are loved and well-cared for
turn their favorite clothes into a memory quilt or teddy bear
plant a tree, a rose bush, or a memorial garden
wear something as a reminder of them (e.g., their jewelry, tie, watch)
dedicate a bench in your local park to them
start a scholarship or hold an essay contest in their name
create or commission a piece of art or make a collage
reach out to someone else who is grieving or alone
share favorite photos and memories about them with others who loved them, too
write a letter to them to express anything that was unsaid
do something your loved one would have enjoyed but never got to do
feed the birds (and the squirrels)
turn some of their ashes into cremation jewelry
adopt a stretch of highway and pick up litter in their name
educate others about the disease or other cause of death (e.g., cancer, texting and driving)
write a poem
finish that big project they were working on
donate your loved one's favorite books to the local library, school, GED program, or other charity
make the recipes that your loved one was famous for
distribute forget-me-nots or wildflowers to others far and wide and ask that they plant them in your loved one's name
light a candle and reflect on the good times you shared
take care of yourself because that's what they'd want
Share ways that you keep your lost loved one's memory alive in the Comment Section below.

13. "Heaven Was Needing a Hero" by Jo Dee Messina

The protagonist in this 2010 country song reminiscences about the last time she saw her now-deceased loved one, wishing she could have held on longer. Looking to make sense of their death, she concludes that heaven needed a hero.

Usher Sings "Gone Too Soon" at Michael Jackson's Funeral

14. "Gone Too Soon" by Michael Jackson

This simple but poetic pop ballad from 1993 was written by Michael Jackson as a tribute to Ryan White, an Indiana teenager who was expelled from school for having contracted HIV through a tainted blood transfusion. The song draws a number of comparisons to short-lasting wonders such as rainbows and comets.

Later, it was also sung in memory of Princess Diana in 1997 and by Usher in 2009 at the funeral of Michael Jackson.

"Grief is the price we pay for love." - Queen Elizabeth II
"Grief is the price we pay for love." - Queen Elizabeth II | Source

15. "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion

As the theme song to the Titanic, this 1997 pop song expresses both sadness and resilience in the face of loss. The protagonist has been touched deeply by love, but his life has been cut short. She pledges to honor the memory of both her lover and their relationship by carrying on with her life.

16. "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor

This sorrowful song from 1970 was written after the death of James Taylor's childhood friend whose death was kept secret from him by others because they believed it would distract him from his career. It also describes his struggles with drug addiction and fame.

The classic song expresses his reflections on these crises:

I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again.

17. "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa (featuring Charlie Puth)

The narrator in this 2015 pop song reflects on his friendship with someone close to him who has died, and he hopes that they are in a better place. He recalls the good times they shared and looks forward to one day reuniting with him.

"There is no grief like the grief that does not speak." - Henry Wadsorth Longfellow, American poet
"There is no grief like the grief that does not speak." - Henry Wadsorth Longfellow, American poet | Source

18. "The Greatest Man I Never Knew" by Reba McEntire

This song is one of regret as well as mourning. If you have a stoic father, then the 1992 country song will really register emotionally.

The narrator describes growing up with a father who buried himself in his work. Although he loved her, he couldn't find the words to express it, and he rarely hugged her. They grew apart over the years until he died, and she learned too late that he thought the world of her.

19. "One More Day" by Diamond Rio

Dreaming that he could wish for anything, the narrator in this 2000 country song wouldn't wish for riches but instead one more day with the person he has lost. He imagines how he would spend that precious time together. Make sure you say everything you need to say to those you love so that you don't look back in regret.

"Tears are the silent language of grief." - Voltaire, French philosopher
"Tears are the silent language of grief." - Voltaire, French philosopher | Source

20. "Not a Day Goes By" by Lonestar

In this heartfelt country song from 2001, the narrator mourns the loss of someone important to him. We don't know whether she's gone due to a break-up or death, but he misses her fiercely.

He carries a picture of her around in his heart, and her memory is still seared into his soul. On the outside he tries to convey that he's doing fine, but inside it's a different story.

"When grief is deepest, words are fewest." - Ann Voskamp, Canadian writer
"When grief is deepest, words are fewest." - Ann Voskamp, Canadian writer | Source

Even More Songs About Sorrow, Grief, and Lost Loved Ones

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. The Dance
Garth Brooks
1990
22. Sissy's Song
Alan Jackson
2009
23. Tears in Heaven
Eric Clapton
1992
24. You Should Be Here
Cole Swindell
2016
25. If I Had Only Known
Reba McEntire
1991
26. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
1972
27. Let It Be
The Beatles
1970
28. Homesick
MercyMe
2004
29. Please Remember
LeAnn Rimes
2000
30. Dance with My Father
Luther Vandross
2003
31. Paradise
Coldplay
2011
32. I'll See You Again
Westlife
2009
33. Gone Too Soon
Daughtry
2011
34. Fly
Celine Dion
1996
35. Heaven Got Another Angel
Gordon Garner
2010
36. In the Arms of an Angel
Sarah McLachlan
1997
37. Small Bump
Ed Sheeran
2011
38. Why
Rascal Flatts
2009
39. Save a Place for Me
Matthew West
2007
40. Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon & Garfunkel
1970
41. I'll Be Missing You
Puff Daddy (featuring Faith Evans & 112)
1997
42. In My Life (I Love You More)
The Beatles
1965
43. Don't Take the Girl
Tim McGraw
1994
44. Like Jesus to a Child
George Michaels
1996
45. How Can I Help You Say Goodbye
Patty Loveless
1993
46. Radios in Heaven
Plain White T's
2002
47. Life Without You
Stevie Ray Vaughan
1999
48. Love Is Stronger Than Death
The The
1993
49. Love, Me
Collin Raye
1991
50. If You're Reading This
Tim McGraw
2007
51. He Stopped Loving Her Today
George Jones
1980
52. Even in Death
Evanesence
2000
53. I'll Wait for You
Joe Nichols
2005
54. To Where You Are
Josh Groban
2002
55. If You Came Back From Heaven
Lorrie Morgan
1994
56. Temporary Home
Carrie Underwood
2009
57. Hear You Me
Jimmy Eats World
2001
58. You Were Loved
Whitney Houston
1996
59. Waiting on Sunshine
Amy Rose
2013
60. You Have Been Loved
George Michael
1996
61. I Drive Your Truck
Lee Brice
2012
62. One Sweet Day
Mariah Carey
1995
63. If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away
Justin Moore
2011
64. Over You
Miranda Lambert
2011
65. Drink a Beer
Luke Bryan
2013
66. I'm Not Gonna Miss You
Glen Campbell and The Wrecking Crew
2014
67. Honey (I Miss You)
Bobby Goldsboro
1968
68. Here Today
Paul McCartney
1982
69. You're Still Here
Faith Hill
2002
70. Nobody Knows It But Me
Tony Rich Project
1995
71. A Picture of Me (Without You)
Lorrie Morgan
1991
72. Wish You Were Here
Mark Wills
1998
73. The Car
Jeff Carson
1995
74. Miss Emily's Picture
John Conlee
1981
75. Probably Wouldn't Be This Way
LeAnn Rimes
2005
76. Jealous of the Angels
Donna Taggart
2012
77. In Loving Memory
Alter Bridge
2004
78. Cryin' for Me (Wayman's Song)
Toby Keith
2009
79. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
Willie Nelson
1980
80. Who Knew
Pink
2006
81. Wish You Were Here
Incubus
2004
82. Joanne
Lady Gaga
2016
83. Sinner
Andy Grammer
2014
84. Promise to Try
Madonna
1989
85. How Could You Leave Us?
NF
2016
86. I Miss My Friend
Darryl Worrley
2002
87. The Baby
Blake Shelton
2003
88. Closer to the Light
Bruce Cockburn
1994
89. See You On the Other Side
Ozzy Osbourne
1995
90. When I Get Where I'm Going
Brad Paisley
2005
91. Just Like Them Horses
Reba McEntire
2015
92. Last Kiss
Pearl Jam
2000
93. Ordinary World
Duran Duran
1993
94. Ronan
Taylor Swift
2012
95. If I Get High Enough
Nothing but Thieves
2015
96. Into the Light
In This Moment
2014
97. My Father's Eyes
Eric Clapton
1998
98. I Lived
OneRepublic
2014
99. Nighingale
Demi Lovato
2013
100. My Immortal
Evanescence
2003
101. Roses for the Dead
Funeral for a Friend
2006
102. Blackbird
Alter Bridge
2007
103. In Loving Memory
Alter Bridge
2004
104. Heaven
Beyonce
2013
105.Safe & Sound
Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars
2012
106. Go Rest High on That Mountain
Vince Gill
1994
107. Slipped Away
Avril Lavigne
2004
108. My Angel
Kellie Pickler
2006
109. Bye Bye
Mariah Carey
2008
110. Lucy
Skillet
2009
111. Hold On
Chord Overstreet
2017
112. One More Light
Linkin Park
2017
113. Can You See Me
Krista Siegfrids
2013
114. Shadow of the Day
Linkin Park
2007
115. Clouds
Before You Exit
2016
116. If Heaven Had a Face
Joe Jury
2017
117. Looking for an Answer
Mike Shinoda/Linkin Park
2017
118. Lay Me Down
Sam Smith
2014
119. Saturn
Sleeping at Last
2016
120. So Far Away
Avenged Sevenfold
2010
121. I Grieve
Peter Gabriel
1998
122. Everybody Lost Somebody
Bleachers
2017
123. I Still Miss You
Keith Anderson
2008
124. Together Again
Janet Jackson
1997
125. Grace
Kate Kavenik
2005
126. Into the West
Annie Lennox
2003
127. El Paso
Marty Robbins
1959
128. You Said You’d Grow Old with Me
Michael Schulte
2012
129. This Is Your Song
Ronan Keating
2004
130. If You Could See Me Now
The Script
2012
131. If I Die Young
The Band Perry
2010
132. This Song Is for My Mother
Catman Cohen
2011
133. Father, You Believed
Catman Cohen
2005
134. Gone Away
The Offspring
1997
135. Address in the Stars
Caitlin & Will
2009
136. Leave Out All the Rest
Linkin Park
2007
137. Free Bird
Lynyrd Skyryrd
1973
138. Crash
Sum41
2011
139. Angel
The Corrs
2004
140. I'm Not Lisa
Jessi Colter
1975
141. Red Rag Top
Tim McGraw
2002
142. Save Our Last Goodbye
Disturbed
2015
143. Picture Perfect
Escape the Fate
2013
144. We're Gonna Ride Again
Brantley Gilbert
2017
145. One Hell of an Amen
Brantley Gilbert
2014
146. Only the Good Die Young
Billy Joel
1977
147. Forever & Always
Dylan Matthew
2018
148. Little Soldier
Trey Healy
2017
149. In My Dreams
James Morrison
2011
150. Gone Too Soon
Simple Plan
2011
151. Fade In/Fade Out
Nothing More
2017
Do you know a song about grief, sorrow, and loss that should be on this playlist? Leave us a suggestion in the Comments Section below.
"No one ever told me that grief feels so much like fear." - C.S. Lewis, British novelist
"No one ever told me that grief feels so much like fear." - C.S. Lewis, British novelist | Source

Questions & Answers

  • How long should you allow yourself to grieve before it's considered unhealthy?

    Everyone’s grief is different, so please don’t put yourself on an artificial timetable. What takes one person several years may take another six months. Many factors influence grief including:

    1) the nature of your relationship with the deceased (e.g., child, parent, friend) and the level of closeness between you

    2) any key unresolved issues between you and the deceased

    3) circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death

    4) your age, personality, coping style, and your past experience with bereavement

    5) your social support system

    6) other losses you’ve recently experienced (e.g., several deaths in rapid succession, also losing your job or home in a compressed time frame).

    Give yourself room to experience the loss of your loved one and make meaning of it by

    1) talking with friends, relatives, and others in your support network. Talk about your loved one to remember them and make sense of their passing

    2) accepting your feelings about their loss, including sadness, anger, regret, confusion, and weariness

    3) maintaining your daily routine. Take care of both yourself and your family each day so that you keep moving forward. Eat healthy food, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol and drugs.

    4) reaching out to others in your support network to support them in how they are dealing with the mutual loss.

    5) finding a special way to honor the memory of your deceased loved one.

    There is no shame in asking for professional help, so don’t be afraid to consult a qualified counselor or psychologist if you feel you are having trouble coping with your loss. Some of the signs that you may need to seek a professional’s help include:

    • You don’t start to feel any better as time passes.

    • Inability to enjoy life

    • Problems accepting the death

    • Bitterness about your loss

    • Preoccupation with your sorrow

    • Feeling that life holds no meaning or purpose

    • Extreme focus on the loss and reminders of the loved one

    • Intense longing or pining for your deceased loved one

    • You start to think about hurting yourself or others.

    • You have ongoing trouble eating or sleeping (too much or too little).

    • Your feelings begin to disrupt your daily life.

    • You turn to drugs or alcohol for coping.

    • Numbness or detachment

    • Depression or deep sadness

    • Trouble carrying out normal routines

    • Withdrawing from social activities

    • Irritability or agitation

    • Lack of trust in others

    Be easy on yourself and know that others care and can identify with your feelings of pain.

  • What are some ways to handle anger problems and control them when you feel sad?

    I assume that you have experienced a relationship loss, and for that I am sorry. It's natural to feel anger when you lose someone important in your life, whether through death, breakup or divorce, or physical separation, as in when one partner moves away.

    Several ideas for constructively dealing with one's anger include:

    1) practicing 7-7-7 relaxation breathing: inhale deeply for 7 seconds, hold it for 7 seconds, and exhale completely for 7 seconds; repeat

    2) exercise, such as running, walking, yoga, basketball

    3) talk it out with a friend or counselor

    4) write about your feelings in a journal or do creative writing

    5) change your environment/take a "timeout."

    6) humor - watch funny movies or go to a comedy club

    7) get plenty of sleep

    8) listen to upbeat music such as this Positive Vibe Playlist: Happy and Uplifting Songs to Put You in a Good Mood. https://spinditty.com/playlists/Feel-Great-Playlis...

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    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      7 days ago from USA

      Brian - This is a really powerful song. I'm adding to both this playlist and the playlist, "Songs About Aging and Growing Older." Merry Christmas!

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      Brian 

      8 days ago

      I think Fade In/Fade Out by Nothing More is a really powerful song that helps people deal with the passing of parents.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 weeks ago from USA

      Poppy - I'm so sorry for your loss and all the hopes and dreams that it represented in your lives together. I wish you love and healing.

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      Poppy 

      8 weeks ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks for these. Sometimes songs can express feelings that normal thoughts can’t. I recently had a miscarriage and it’s oddly comforting to have a song articulate your feelings.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 weeks ago from USA

      Emma - Thank you for that song suggestion. I am adding it at #149.

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      Emma 

      2 months ago

      In my dreams, james morrison.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      livingwithregret - Thank you for these song suggestions. Although they are not on the playlist, many people read the Comments Section so they will see them here.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      livingwithregret - I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment an share a bit about yourself. Wishing you all the best, FlourishAnyway

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      livingwithregret 

      2 months ago

      Also thank you for adding Avenged Sevenfold's So Far Away, I was shocked too see it because not a lot of people believe the genre itself could make a song like that, I actually had So Far Away played at my sons visitation and funeral.

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      livingwithregret 

      2 months ago

      As a mother of an angel could I suggest a couple songs that I think would help?

      If You Could See Me Fly- Annie Morgan

      Tiny Angel- 360

      He's My Son- Mark Schultz

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      Ruth Cardullo - Thank you for sharing such loving memories of our dear father. May peace and healing be with you.

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      Ruth Cardullo 

      2 months ago

      my father Loring ferris meant the world to me he was warm hearted love to help anyone he could always make me laugh and smile when things were going bad I would like to make a play list of songs to help me heal my broken heart from lost of losing him my brother and I loved him so much

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      Gerd Steeger - You wrote this? Impressive. I voted up on YouTube.

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      Gerd Steeger 

      2 months ago

      I wrote this song text after I lost someone I loved: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQjB9NkmGvY

      I am happy for every humans heart I am able to touch with this song. I hope you enjoy the song.

      Regards,

      Gerd Steeger

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Lea Conn - I'm sorry about the loss of your mother. I'm sure she is with you in spirit.

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      Lea Conn 

      3 months ago

      This song makes me miss my mum, she loved this song

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Ayala Grey - Thank you so much for sharing. I have added several of the songs to this playlist and one to the playlist on home and hometowns. I'm sorry about the loss of your loved one and hope that music brings you comfort and peace.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      Oj Smith - My condolences on the loss of your mother. May you find peace and healing in those you love, your memories, and in music. I have added your song suggestion, "Save Our Last Goodbye" as #141. "So Far Away" was already on the list at #120. All the best, FlourishAnyway

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      Oj Smith 

      4 months ago

      As someone who like Rock and Metal who has lost his mother suddenly and unexpectedly... may I suggest to other like minded people;

      So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold

      Or

      Save Our Last Goodbye - Disturbed.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      Lora - I'm sorry about the loss of both your mom and sister. I'm glad that the songs were able to bring some solace. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Just love the song, "Supermarket Flowers" by Ed Sheeran. Not only is the lyrical melody beautiful but the words in their simplicity make this song resonate so much with me for the loss of not only a mother but a beautiful sister. An awesome hub that can help many with their grief with the narratives that these songs tell.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      Cynthia - Thank you for your kind comment. I love the song,"Dancing in the Sky," too. I hope it brings comfort to those who are grieving a loved one who has departed this earth.

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      Cynthia 

      4 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      You always cover everything related to the subject in these song hubs, and you have done it again here! I teared up most with "Dancing in the Sky" and tried to sing along with "Fire and Rain" (a mistake).

      I like the suggestions for something to do as a tribute. I kind of like the idea of feeding the birds or squirrels. I do get a big thrill from seeing the little hummers gather at the station outside my window, so maybe that was an intuitive installment on my part? lol

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      Shyron - Thanks so much for your warm compliment and song suggestion. I hope you are doing well, dear lady.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      Anne Geoghegan - Thank you for these song suggestions. I have added Angel to not only this list but also a playlist about Angels, Everyday Angels, and Fallen Angels. Have a wonderful week.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 months ago from Texas

      Flourish, the song "I'm Not Lisa" by Crystal Gale would make a great addition to this 'lost love' hub.

      I love to read through these hubs and remember the songs I love so much.

      Blessings my friend

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      Anne Geoghegan 

      5 months ago

      Thank you for your website. Songs that helped me through my mum’s death is The Corrs Angel. and also Borrowed heaven Written about the death their Mum. Later they wrote a song about their dad. With me stay.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      Daevid - Thank you for sharing this touching song. I've added it to this playlist and my playlist about saying goodbye.

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      Daevid 

      5 months ago

      Crash by Sum41

      I'd rather not say except that hear this song hurt

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      Sherri Rutledge - My condolences to you on the loss of your brother. Thank you for the song suggestion. I bet he would have loved the song selection. I hadn't thought of that one but will add it as #137. The band dedicated it at some of their concerts to deceased friends/bandmates.

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      Sherri rutledge 

      5 months ago

      What about Freebird Lynard skynard . That song we played at my brothers funarl

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      Zoe - I'm sorry for the loss of your dear aunt but happy that this playlist provided you comfort. Know that she would want you to heal and to flourish without her. Hugs to you, FlourishAnyway

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      Zoe 

      5 months ago

      thank you so much my aunt died and it has been hard with out her here. She was the funny and crazy one in the family. The only one I could talk to. It has been hard with out here and I lost not one ago. I miss her so much and listening to these songs reminded me of her. Thank you so much for this website. Bless your soul!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      Charlie - Thanks for the song suggestion. While I have several other Linkin Park songs listed, I didn't have that one, so I added it at #136. Wishing you all the best.

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      charlie 

      6 months ago

      Linkin Park's leave out all the rest (and other songs) has helped me through depression and it will always touch my heart. I think it would be a good addition.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      Noah - Thank you for the song suggestion.

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      Noah 

      7 months ago

      My way Frank Sinatra

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      JB - Thank you for that addition. It's #134 now. Have a good weekend.

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      JB 

      7 months ago

      "Gone Away" The offspring

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      SadSongCollector - Thank you for these suggestions. I've also included them in the following playlist: https://hubpages.com/playlists/40-Best-Popular-Son... I had never heard of this artist. Have a good week.

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      SadSongCollector 

      7 months ago

      I recently discovered two powerful sad songs about a dying mother and dead father, and they are worth a listen. Both were written some time ago and sorry to say I don't have any details about the composer who seems to be quite obscure:

      Catman Cohen - This Song is for my Mother

      Catman Cohen - Father, You Believed (Iglesias Version)

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      Parents in Heaven - I'm so sorry about the loss of your parents. May they rest in peace, and may you find comfort in others here on Earth and in their memories.

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      Parents in Heaven 

      7 months ago

      I shared this to my Parents in Heaven FB page- it was beautifully written.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Laura - I'm so sorry for your loss. The pain that you feel is palpable. I wish you all the best in healing.

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      Laura Lyons 

      8 months ago

      Nothing will ever replace the love I had for my husband and still have . before he died he told me just because I'm not here doesn't mean I'm going to stop loving you. I feel like my heart has been taken from me and all that is left is a shell.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Sophia - I'm sorry for your loss and glad that the music helps you. Thank you for letting me know it helped.

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      Sophia 

      8 months ago from Canada

      Thanks for the playlist. It has helped with the loss of my grandfather. He died eight years ago due to cancer and he was my rock in life.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      chloe - Thank you for the song suggestions. I've added them both.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Julie - I’m so sorry about the loss of your dear son. As a parent myself, I can only imagine the sorrow you must feel. Hugs to you as you grieve his loss and begin to heal. He will always be with you.

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      Julie 

      8 months ago

      Thank you for this list of songs, I lost my 26 yr old son on 2/14/18 due to an accident and I am beyond devastated - hopefully I can find some comfort with music. Right now I am living my worst nightmare.

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      chloe 

      8 months ago

      If you could see me now by the script

      lady antebellum if I die young

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Lexy, dear - I’m so sorry about your dad. Please take special care of yourself and connect with loved ones or others you can talk with. I’ve added the Celine Dion song to the angels playlist and am adding the Ronan Keating song to this one. All the best, FlourishAnyway

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      Lexy 

      9 months ago

      This Is Your Song - Ronan Keating. I’m only 19 years old but sadly my father passed away from lung cancer 3 weeks ago but this song by Ronan has helped me a great deal. Maybe because he wrote the song for his late mother and that I personally identify with the lyrics. But regardless, the song is so lovely.

      Another one is A New Day Has Come - Celiné Dion. The lyrics are so beautiful and are really touching about the loss of a loved one.

      Thank you so much for all the songs that you have listed. Music definitely does help with the grieving process! - appreciation from the UK x

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Thea - I’m sorry about your loss. Thank you for the song suggestion. It will help others facing the same situation. All the best, FlourishAnyway

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      thea 

      9 months ago

      When i lost my love i listened to "you said youd grow old with me"

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Shyron - Thank you for stopping by, sweet lady, and for the song suggestion. I've added it as #127. I hope you are doing well!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      9 months ago from Texas

      Flourish, I almost forgot one of my favorite songs of all time was Marty Robbins "El Paso" my brother use to sing this one.

      Blessings my friend always

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      ShadowWhisper - I'm so sorry. You've had a lot to process in the last year or so, especially with the holidays to compound your grief. Suicide runs deep in my family -- at least three generations -- so I understand personally what short and long-term impacts it can leave upon survivors of suicide loss. I also lost a high school friend by suicide which affected me deeply. My heart truly goes out to you. You might try talking with a counselor to try to wrap your head around all the changes in your life in the last 18 months. There's no weakness in that. I wish you peace, strength, health, and recovery from the fallout of these tragedies.

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      ShadowWhisper 

      9 months ago

      Thank you. I'm a writer and I was actually just researching songs for my book, looking for the perfect one for the scene. But I did lose my uncle to suicide in January. My entire family is suicidal, and my cousin took his own life October 2016, and my grandfather chose the moment he was informed to announce that a month earlier, he'd been diagnosed with and stage leukemia, and passed away just before Christmas two months later... But of everyone, my uncle was the one I thought least likely to take his own life, so it was a huge shock. I'm still in disbelief about it.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      ShadowWhisper - Thank you for those two moving song suggestions. I have added them both. My condolences to you on what you are mourning.

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      ShadowWhisper 

      9 months ago

      I wanted to suggest two very powerfully moving songs about loss. The first is Grace, by Kate Havnevik. The second is Into The West by Annie Lennox (created for the Lord of the Rings soundtrack). It was also covered a capella by Peter Hollens and is even more powerful. Thank you for compiling this list. I do wish the rest of the songs had descriptions as well, but still a great list.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Shyron - Thank you for the song suggestion. I hope you are doing well. I continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      9 months ago from Texas

      I thought of another song, come to think of it almost all Patsy Cline songs would fit but especially I've Loved and Lost Again, 1956. Patsy also wrote this one.

      I've loved and lost again

      Oh, what a crazy world we're livin' in

      True love has no chance to win

      I've loved and lost again.

      "Lonely Street" another one but Patsy did not write this one.

      Where's this place called "Lonely Stree-ee-ee-eet?"

      I'm looking for that lonely street

      I've got a sad, sad tale to tell

      I need a place to go and weep

      Where's this place called "Lonely Stree-ee-ee-eet?"

      A place where there's just loneliness

      Where dim lights bring forgetfulness

      Where broken dreams and mem'ries meet

      Where's this place called "Lonely Stree-ee-ee-eet?"

      Perhaps upon that lonely street

      There's someone such as I

      Who came to bury broken dreams

      And watch an old love di-ie

      If I could find that lonely street

      Where dim lights bring forgetfulness

      Where broken dreams and mem'ries meet

      Where's this place called "Lonely Stree-ee-ee-eet?"

      Where's this place called "Lonely Stree-ee-ee-eet?"

      Blessings my friend

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Erika - Thanks for your comment.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Anne-Marie - Yes, death can be viewed as the end of our human suffering. I have added the song suggestion as #124. I'm sorry for the loss of your brother and glad that the song brought you comfort. Thank you for sharing.

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      Anne-Marie 

      9 months ago

      Together again by Janet Jackson. This song came out when my brother died, and the lyrics were spot on when it came to my feelings and decribing how he was. I believe death can also be celebrated, this song is a happy song, with a message.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      Audrey - I'm glad it brings you comfort but am so sorry for the reason for your visit. Take good care of you.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I return here often. Not only is this a beautiful article but somehow it helps me to feel less pain for the loss of my son.

      Thank you

      Audrey

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      Teri Damuth - Great song. It's actually #17 already, but I appreciate the comment. Have a great weekend!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      Cindy - I'm so sorry for your loss. I've added your suggested song and hope it brings others the same comfort in the face of loss and grief.

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      Teri Damuth 

      10 months ago

      See you again by Wiz Khalifa

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      Cundy 

      10 months ago

      Please include, I still miss you by Keith Anderson. This song brought me to my knees, I heard this song after I had lost my 4 year old son to cancer.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      Esteban - So sad. Thanks for the suggestion which I have added at #121.

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      Esteban 

      10 months ago

      “I grieve” - Peter Gabriel

      I trust that you’ll find this fitting

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      Melanie - Thank you for the song suggestion! I will add it at #120. Have a good weekend.

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      Melanie 

      10 months ago

      So Far Away by Avenged Sevenfold

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      Dolores - I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad that the music helped you. A big hug from across the internet as you heal and reminisce about your loved one.

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      Dolores Monet 

      10 months ago from East Coast, United States

      Your suggestions of songs about grief have been helpful to me after a death in the family. Although the right song can be so upsetting, so tear inducing, it can also be of great help during the grieving process. Your lists are awesome!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      Manoela Dias - I love your taste in music and have added your contributions. (The Donna Taggart and Chord Overstreet songs were already on there, but the rest have been added.) I also added some of your suggestions to related playlists: songs about saying goodbye:

      https://spinditty.com/playlists/Songs-About-Saying...

      songs about angels: https://spinditty.com/playlists/Top-40-Songs-About...

      Thanks again and have a great weekend.

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      Manoela Dias 

      10 months ago

      thank you so much for this beautiful post!!!!!!! ♥️

      and i want to make some suggestions:

      one more light - linkin park

      can you see me - krista siegfrids

      hold on - chord overstreet

      shadow of the day - linkin park

      waiting for an answer - linkin park

      jeaulos of the angels - donna taggart

      clouds - before you exit

      time of our lives - tyrone wells

      if heaven had a face - joe jury

      lay me down - sam smith

      saturn - sleeping at least

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      Kiara - THANK YOU for your contributions. I especially appreciated the song, "Lucy." Very powerful.

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      Kiara 

      10 months ago

      Slipped Away- Avril Lavigne

      My Angel- Kellie Pickler

      Bye Bye- Mariah Carey

      My personal absolute #1 is Lucy by Skillet ❤

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      Jennifer - I can't believe I didn't have that one already, so thank you for the suggestion. I've added it now. Vince Gill recorded it as a tribute for Keith Whitley. Have a terrific 2018.

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      Jennifer 

      11 months ago

      Go rest high on that mountain- Vince Gill

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      Sariye - Thank you for the suggestions. I've added two of them. I wish you the best in healing as you look forward to a new year. All the best, Flourish

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      KoryLin - Thanks for these recommendations. I've added them here. I've also added "In Loving Memory" to the playlist about missing someone you love: https://hubpages.com/playlists/Missing-You-Playlis... Great songs!

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      KoryLinnnnn 

      11 months ago

      Two songs by a highly underrated band called Alterbridge come to mind:

      Blackbird

      In Loving Memory

      Both are just incredible

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      Sariye 

      11 months ago

      Thank you for these!

      Heaven - Beyoncé

      Safe & Sound - Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars

      Not About Angels - Birdy

      These have helped me a lot this year

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Michelle - Thank you! I hope she sees this!

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      Michelle 

      12 months ago

      Sheila, could it be Living Years by Mike + The Mechanics?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Sheila - Sorry, that's not sparking much. If you have more such as an artist, genre (country, pop, rock, R&B?), lyrics you recall, etc. that would help.

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      Sheila 

      12 months ago

      Do you know a song that came out in 1997 - either April or earlier, played a lot in May - sung by a guy about his dad dying? Not seeing eye to eye, but still missing him......I would really like to hear that song again if I can find it or if you know of it. Thanks!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Clearwaterdale - My all time favorite song -- it's listed at #51. Thanks for your comment. I bet you love it too. No one sings like George Jones.

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      Clearwaterdale 

      12 months ago

      He stopped loving her today; George Jones

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Sey - I'm sorry about your loss. I don't think you ever get over losing your mom, just simply learn to live with it. Know that she is with you in spirit. Thank you for the song suggestions which I have added.

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      Sey 

      13 months ago

      I Lived by OneRepublic. That was my mom's favourite song before she died. Still not quite over it.

      Nightingale by Demi Lovato. Great song to remind you that they're watching over you

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Sylv - Thank you for this addition. It is now #96.

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      Sylv 

      13 months ago

      Into the light by In This Moment

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Sara - Thank you for that poignant suggestion. It is now #95. Have a good week.

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      Sara 

      13 months ago

      If I Get High by Nothing but Thieves is a great one

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